Adobe just previewed an incredible new AI image generator tool

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(Image credit: Future)

Adobe usually saves its ‘Sneaks’ – previews of prototype features that may or may not ship – for its own October MAX conference. But here at Figma’s Config 2023 event in San Francisco, it decided to share one a little early.

The company has been very busy in the AI sphere in 2023, releasing its own generative model, Firefly, back in March. Firefly features have been gradually making their way into the likes of Photoshop and Illustrator – and a new tool, codenamed Gingerbread, could transform text-to-image generation.

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Project Gingerbread lets user adjust the appearance and perspective of objects using 3D models  (Image credit: Future)

Gingerbread is a work-in-progress feature that lets the user, with the help of 3D modelling, adjust the angle and perspective of a text prompt-generated image. “AI tends to put things smack bang in the middle of the image,” said Brooke Hopper, principal designer for emerging design at Adobe. “But what if I want to compose around it?”

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Indeed, the fascinating thing about this particular preview is the element of aesthetic control it adds to the process of AI image generation. At the moment, users are limited to the specificity of the text prompts they can write, but Gingerbread hints at a more creative level of customisation, letting users drag and drop a simple 3D shape to determine the appearance of objects in the subsequently generated image.

Time will tell when (or if) Gingerbread will drop, but it’s certainly a tantalising glimpse at the future of text-to-image. In the meantime, speaking of Adobe MAX, at last year’s conference the company had a pertinent message for artists worried about the rise of AI.

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Daniel Piper
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Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).